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Wednesday, October 25, 2000

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Expand, enliven museums, study says

By Keith McMillan

Media General News Service

    MANASSAS The Manassas Museum System could receive a facelift and significant expansion if city officials back the findings of a September development study.

    The plan, prepared by the PRD Group of Fairfax, suggests the museum’s main building on Prince William Street expand to include changing exhibit galleries, a larger store and a hands-on discovery room. It also suggests Liberia, a historical home and plantation in northern Manassas, be open to the public.

    The study also encourages the museum system to do one very important thing: increase the number of visitors. [more]

Club secrets

Photo by Amy Drewry

Manassas Journal Messenger

Brandi Azais, 8, left, giggles with Victoria Maddox, 9, as they whisper secrets concerning notes they are writing about their club during the after-school SAC program at Sudley Elementary School. “We do special dances and stuff on the swings,” said fellow club member Danielle Dickerson, 9, about the club’s activities. The girls have had daily meetings on the swings for the past month.

Mother claims daughter sexually harrassed at school

By Kevin Killen

Manassas Journal Messenger

    The mother of a Manassas Park Middle School student said she is frustrated with her efforts to get Manassas Park school officials to do anything about the alledged sexual assault on her duaghter at school.

    Her complaint stems from an incident three weeks ago when a male student allegedly flashed the girl during class.

    The mother reported the incident to Manassas Park police, where an investigation was launched by the school’s Student Resource Officer.

    The student admitted to exposing himself to the girl, and he was promptly suspended by the school system for a number of days, said Tom DeBolt, superintendent of Manassas Park schools. [more]

County officials welcome new AOL center to ‘Silicon Dominion’

By Joseph J. McCallister

Manassas Journal Messenger

     Following Monday’s announcement that American Online, Inc. will build a second technology center in Prince William County, county officials are saying good things about the newest member of the region’s growing high-tech industry.

     American Online broke ground Tuesday on its planned center, dubbed Technology Center IV. The company plans to build a 240,000 square foot center at a 37-acre site on Linton Hall Road.

     Sean Connaughton, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors said at a luncheon Tuesday afternoon that the county has become very attractive to high-tech businesses.

     Connaughton added that people nationwide are beginning to recognize Northern Virginia as an east-coast version of the Silicon Valley the Silicon Dominion. [more]

Funeral held for rescue squad assistant chief

By Aileen M. Streng

Media General News Service

   DUMFRIES It was all about family Tuesday when fire and rescue personnel from throughout Prince William and other counties gathered to say goodbye to one of their own.

    Bill Delozier, 47, assistant chief of the Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad and member for more than 30 years, died at his home last week. The cause of death is still being determined. Funeral services were held at the rescue squad headquarters on Tuesday.

    “He was a brother,” said Randy Baum, chief of the Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad, who had known Delozier for 22 years. [more]

Middleburg manor home to go for highest bid

By Bennie Scaton Jr.

Manassas Journal Messenger

     An exquisite Middleburg manor home, majestically perched on top of a mountain and offering both privacy and phenomenal panoramic views, will be sold at absolute auction on Thursday.

     The auction will be conducted by the Gadsden, Alabama-based National Auction Group, Inc., specialists in the auction of quality, high-end properties.

     Inspired by Tintinhull in Somerset, England (circa 1800), the unique Colonial-style house affords mountaintop seclusion and magical sights.

     Located in Loudoun County, just minutes from the exclusive communities of Middleburg and Upperville, the mansion is stunningly set among abundant trees and wildlife and offers amazing vistas of blue hazed mountains and lush green valleys. [more]

NOVA names new professors

By Bennie Scarton Jr.

Manassas Journal Mesenger

     The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College has recently welcomed two new faculty members.

     Laurie Clark Walters and George Bolash have joined the staff at the school.

Walters holds a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. Her experience includes five years as an assistant professor of psychology at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., and two years as a research psychologist in the Human Resources Laboratory at Brooks Air Force Base in Texas.

     Walters teaches introduction to psychology, statistics and research methodology at NOVA. She and her family live in Fairfax Station.

     Bolash is the new full-time instructor of auto technology at the campus where he will teach classes in electricity, brakes and transmissions. Bolash comes to the school after making a mid-career change. [more]

Girls Basketball: Brentsville escapes Strasburg 53-47

It’s getting crowded at the top of the Bull Run District.

Brentsville earned its second win over the district top dogs with a 53-47 win over Strasburg, placing the Tigers, Rams and Mustangs all tied at the No. 1 spot with two losses.

The win was sealed by clutch free-throw shooting by the Tigers, who nailed 11-of-15 from the charity stripe in the deciding fourth quarter, including 6-of-8 shooting by senior guard Erin Clark. [more]

DAC Soccer tournament: Seton blanks Mason

By all accounts, Matt Parriott had a relatively easy day on Tuesday.

Parriott is the goalkeeper for Seton’s boys soccer team. And thanks to a strong defense, Parriott didn’t have a whole lot of work to do, as Seton blanked Randolph-Macon Academy 5-0 in the opening round of the Delaney Athletic Conference playoffs. [more]

Will D.C. host 2012 Olympics?

Can you imagine the Summer Olympics coming to the Washington D.C. area in 2012? Dan Knise can.

Knise, president and CEO of the Washington/Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition (WBRC) said on Tuesday his committee is currently leading a pack of seven other American cities attempting to garner the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) nomination in 2002. [more]

DAC Volleyball: Seton, Emmanuel lose opening tournament matches

Seton may have been the higher seed against Wakefield in the Delaney Athletic Conference volleyball quarterfinals Tuesday, but when the Owls emerged victorious, 15-11, 15-13, 15-3, Wakefield coach Sasha Mobley hesitated in calling the win an upset.

Led by First Team All-DAC senior middle hitter Katie Updike (six service points, six kills, six blocks), fifth-ranked Wakefield erased deficits in the first to games to hand fourth-ranked Seton a rude first-round dispatch. [more]

Halloween treats

Rounding up the neighbor-hood kids for a frightful feast?

Not only is Halloween the perfect time to experiment with elaborate costumes, it’s a great time to experiment with cuisine.

When making dishes, food coloring is a must. It’s the staple ingredient of just about any Halloween dish. Try using a teaspoon of black liquid or paste stirred into a sugar cookie recipe. The dough will turn dark black perfect for witch or bat cut-outs. [more]

Local food review: Something Fishy

Seafood costs more than other kinds of food no matter where you go. I used to wait tables at a seafood restaurant in Virginia Beach and one thing that annoyed me were customers who complained about the prices. Just because you pay $14 for a meal doesn’t mean it’s fine dining.

With that said: I am new to Manassas, and recently asked where I could find a good place to get seafood at a fair price not fine dining, nor fast food just something good. I was told try “Something Fishy” in Manassas. [more]

Golf fans boost local economy

The thousands of golf fans who came to see the Presidents Cup last week frequented businesses in Manassas, but not to any overwhelming degree.

That is the early report coming in from downtown businesses: It was hectic for some restaurants, not as busy as expected for shops, and others said traffic impeded sales. [more]

Area businesses aim for gold in 2012

‘The Olympic Games will benefit the region long after the final medal is awarded,” Dan Knise, president and CEO of the Washington/Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition that is seeking to bring the Olympics to this area a dozen years down the road, said in an address to a gathering in Manassas on Tuesday. [more]

Banking on the future

Thanks to the efforts of a mother of a student at Nokesville Elementary School, about 70 students are getting an early education on the skills of banking.

Each Wednesday a simulated “bank” is set up in the school’s auditorium where “tellers” composed of fifth grade students and assisted by parent volunteers check the deposit slip, count the money and record the amount in the participating student’s account. [more]

Flory Center gives business conference

The Flory Center in Manassas hosted a luncheon for the Virginia delegates to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business last Tuesday.

Jere Glover, chief counsel for advocacy for the U. S. Small Business Adminstration, was the featured speaker.

Glover is in his seventh years as the federal government’s top small business advocate. He was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to his position in 1994 [more]

Kohl’s shoppere can benefit children while getting holiday gifts

Kohl’s Manassas shoppers can help Children’s National Medical Center and get a special holiday CD or festive holiday decoration for their home or office.

Through the holiday season, area Kohl’s department stores are offering four unique holiday items with all profits benefiting the local children’s hospitals as part of the Kohl’s Cares for Kids program. [more]


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